Visio a software product from Microsoft allows users to create flowcharts and diagrams. There are a couple of licencing options available. The two listed below are subscription based.

If starting out with Visio our recommendation is the Visio 1 plan. This gives basic functionality and is accessed via the internet. If you are a more experienced user and require additional functionality then Visio Plan 2 may be more suitable. It allows the software to be downloaded to your desktop, has more templates, AutoCAD compatibility and more. A list of features is outlined below for both plans.

FeaturesVisio Plan 1Visio Plan 2
Create block diagrams, flowcharts, timelines, and Specification and Description Language (SDL) diagramsXX
Standard templatesXX
Share work via a web-based link, attachement, image or PDFXX
Store and share work with 2GB of OneDrive storageXX
Access Visio via internet connectionXX
Ability to install Visio on a desktop computer X
Templates and shapes that meet industry standards such as BPMN 2.0, UML 2.5 and IEEE X
Draw or annotate using pen, finger or ink X
Additional data overlay, icons, colours and graphics X
Enhanced support for AutoCAD drawings X
Installation on mulitiple computer/devices per user X
Connect diagrams to external data sources X
Export to Microsoft Flow, Word, Excel data visualizer and Powerpoint slide snippets X

Price range for the Visio plans are roughly $8-25* per month dependent on plan, and other subscriptions.

Visio is still available to purchase as a once off purchase – Visio Professional 2019. Though it is a rather an expensive outlay if you are wanting to try out the tool for your business (almost AUD$1,000).

A subscription has benefits in that the software is always up to date, and in the Visio 2 plan downloadable to multiple devices per user. Whereas the purchase once option can only be installed on one device at any given time.

*Pricing is ball park figure, given only as a guide.

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